The District has a long track record of supporting scientific research and environmental
education. The Watershed Management Unit cooperates with area schools, universities,
and state and federal agencies to promote research and educational opportunities
on the property. In return, researchers are asked to provide results to help build
a library of data pertaining to the MDC's watershed lands.
To promote public understanding and appreciation for natural resources and the management
of MDC's watershed lands, the District has established the Demonstration Forest
at the West Hartford Filters Water Treatment Facility, and the Braille Trail, a
fully accessible self-guided nature trail with Braille signage at Lake McDonough.
The District is a sponsor of the Connecticut Envirothon Program (www.ctenvirothon.org)
and provides forest management training to participating high school students and
their advisors. The Connecticut Envirothon is part of a nation-wide natural resource
based education program for high school students, promoting environmental awareness,
knowledge, and stewardship through education and team competition.